Really, is there a better way to kick off a workday than with a rich cup of hot chocolate? I think that no, there isn’t — unless the hot chocolate comes from L.A. Burdick’s.
There are two Burdick cafés — one at 47 Main Street in Walpole, New Hampshire, and the other at 52D Brattle Street in Cambridge — but I’ve only been lucky enough to have visited the location skirting Harvard Square. I can’t complain about that, however; over the years, I’ve had friends who worked behind the counter, and have been on the receiving end of more than my fair share of comped cakes, chocolate mice and cappuccinos.
Though I had years of free treats floated my way, I still stop by Burdick’s as often as my waistband allows — particularly when I think about the fact that the chocolatier offers your choice of milk, white or dark hot chocolate. Normally, I lean towards the dark chocolate, which is just as creamy and delicious over ice in the summer, but this time I went with the white. Now, I realize that, technically speaking, white chocolate isn’t truly chocolate, but it doesn’t change the fact that the drink is genuinely luscious. If I could afford to order enough to fill my tub, I think I might bathe in it. For now, however, I’ll settle for just plain drinking it.
52-D Brattle Street
Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138